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Sunday, March 6, 2011
Since I posted my tag last week for Joan's Gardens Tag Challenge, I have had a lot of requests, even from Joan, to do a tutorial on how I made the rose made with punches from Joan's Gardens. Before I get started, here the products used to create my card: Nestabilities Labels 4; Martha Stewart Monarch Butterfly, Branch and Large Chrysanthemum Punches; Sizzix Flourish; JustRite "You Inspire Me" fancy frame; JustRite "Kindness" sentiment; Heartfelt Creations stamped rose leaves; and Basic Grey "Sultry" design paper. All products used on this card can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
Below are the products and steps to create my rose:
Three sizes of the pear punch were used. I didn't count how many petals I punched but used three eleven inch long pieces of pink card stock and punched as many as I could of each size. I use the Power Punch I purchased from Joan's Gardens. It is like cutting through butter when you punch with this tool. And I'm sure you know the punches can also be purchased from Joan's Gardens.
Using the smallest circle in my Nestabilities, I die cut a circle and conditioned it with one of the tools from the Flower Tool Kit on the black mat. You want to go around in circles causing the edges to curl (cup) up.
Using the same tool, you condition each of the punched petals (pears). Do not cut off the stem of the pear.
After all the petals are conditioned, I used a large sponge dauber and sponged a darker pink ink on the edges to give the rose more "depth" of color. I have to admit - I did have pink fingers by the time I finished.
Using the self-closing tweezers that are in the Flower Tool Kit, pinch each petal right in the center on the stem end of the pear. Kind of roll the edges around the tweezers. This will cause the side to roll forward and the top of the petal will roll backwards giving the petal a realistic look. You can also use the tweezers to roll the upper edges of the petals back or forwards for more dimension.
Using the conditioned circle, start adding the largest petals. Add glue to the stem of the pear and attach to the edge of the circle. Start by attaching them opposite each other as shown.
Now add to more petals in between the first two petals. I used Aileen's Tacky Glue. Press the "stem" of the pear down for a few seconds with the end of the stylus to get it to stick. You only want glue on the very end so that the petals will cup up.
Keep adding petals alternating them between the lower level. Once you have a couple of rows of the largest petals, you start with the medium size petals then end up using the smallest petals in the center.
Add as many rows as you want until you get the fullness you want. Now you are ready to create the center of the rose.
Using your self closing Tweezers, roll the petal around the tweezers.
It will look like this when fully rolled. I rolled three petals this way.
Once the three petals are rolled, I pushed them down inside each other to form the closed bud of the flower. Add glue as needed to help them stick together.
Add glue all around the outside of your closed bud and push it down in the center of your rose. You now have a very realistic looking rose.
On my card I attempted to create a rose bud. This is my first try. I created it just like I did for the very center of the rose only used more petals. I think it looks pretty good.
I hope my tutorial makes it easy for you to understand how I created my roses. Joan's Gardens does have a supply of the Pear Punches, the Flower Tool Kits, and black mat. If you are interested in the Power Punch, she will be happy to order it for you.
I would love to read your comments.